I too am a businessman and have a deep interest in all things Airsoft. I would be interested in meting with you to talk about options. PM e if you think it's worth pursuing. I was going to approach the Vacant guys with a view to what you mentioned but a dedicated venue could be more viable.
We shouldn't just focus on Irish participants. If this is a professional setup and the right events are run then folk might travel from the UK and mainland Europe for competitions. This venture could, if positioned right, set the standard for a new Airsoft outlet.
It has been some time since this community got fired up on these boards. This topic seems to have energized people again.
So, maybe there is something in a range type venue....
You have only about 20 posters and half of the discussion is completely off topic, you might want to look again at your conclusions.
Exactly. You can't use something like Boards for your market research - thats where all the failed airsoft shops in this country came from!
Between this and the other thread, I'm actually very encouraged that the economy may be picking up, the Airsoft fly-by-nights are appearing out of the woodwork with money to burn again.
I did some planning on this type of venue not to long ago. The concept was to create more of a airsoft hangout than a full blown range.
There would be a small reception with coffee and stuff along with a couple of computers to surf. The plan would be sell a small amount of airsoft goods and targets. Offer wall space for lads to sell their stuff. There is also opportunity to rent some aeg's to walkins.
This would be located in the top floor of an industrial unit with parking. Its located Baldoyle. Its along narrow unit. Not the most ideal but not to bad either. I reckon it could take 2 lanes with motorized pulleys for targets. Another area would be a small CQB space. I had an idea to make the internal partition walls on wheels so the format could be changed to create a different space at ease.
I still think it a nice idea but there were two main reasons for not going ahead. Hard to see how it would make much money in that its opening hours are very limited ie: how many airsofters are going to use it on Tue mornings. The labor cost is too high also.
The some things that could make it work. If it had a resident teckie of if a retailer was to take some space for a small fee or commission.
This is very rough outline and an idea i have not put to bed yet. If anyone out there has a interest in pursuing it or joining forces let me know.
A great concept but as its stands, as your rightly said, not a money maker. Forget notions of membership etc. People won't pay for it. You'd also have insurance to contend with. Your overheads for tea, coffee and PC's would be high alone. And selling targets won't keep your solvent. What you have there is a great add-on to a shop (Thats doing a decent turn over) Would be perfect. However I personally feel the market is saturated. I think players need to form good connections with the decent retailers, and from that, these type of concepts can be explored.
Also be wary that having such a venue will encourage people who just want somewhere to lounge, while not necessarily spending any money. Thats a major problem in venues that offer R&R locations for no cost. Having 200+ footfall per day sounds great, but you need those people spending money.
The lads in Corrib even have one...
Here's the Donegal one for completeness...